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Brooklyn Monster Ale

Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches

Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2004
my monster was born in 2003, toasted malt aroma with a hint of sherry, auburn with a thin head, caramely/toasty then a burst of intensely warming alcohol with lingering sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
2003 Vintage. Strong malty alcohol aroma. Dark red body. Slightly boozy tinny aroma as well. Boozy malt taste, more tin, in your face alcohol, and slight hop bitterness at the end. I agreed with jercraigs, this is one that could use some aging to tone the alcohol down a bit if possible. Pretty good as is though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 2009-09-30.Ruddy brown body with a modest beige head. (3 + ) Aroma starts with hot alcohol notes, modest malt with caramel touches struggles but manages to get noticed. ( 7+ ) Flavour is similarly warm with alcohol, rich malt base is nearly overwhelmed but offers pleasant caramel malt. Warming alcoholic finish. Smooth medium bodied palate is lightly carbonated. While pleasant, I would personally enjoy just a touch more weight to the body. ( 3+ ) Overall it is quite pleasant, fairly simple barley wine. 7/3/7/3/16 - 3.7 2008 Vintage Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

2004-12. Dark amber body with a smallish off white head. First aroma impression is of alcohol followed by a malty background. Smells a touch like rubbing alcohol, and some anonymous dark fruit. Flavour is sweet malt and alcoholic molasses. Bit of hops and I crazy, a wisp of citrus? Smooth but a touch thin on the palate, very warming. Could probably benefit from a year in the cellar. Alcohol prominence is really my only complaint. Bottle, 2003 Vintage 6/3/7/4/16 - 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Amber like color, malty berry aroma, very round buttey like texture, Current raisin dominate,smooth strong and tastey with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Could be a little more complex, but a definite keeper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Born in 2003. Dark copper/cherry color with a lid of ecru bubbles which cling to the side of the glass then imbibed upon. Deep rich caramel, some mild floral and caskwood (sherry and apple brandy) aromas, but really rather thin. Quite a bit of tingling effervescence for this style. Some sherry and tawny port flavors. Really rather dry. I catch some cherry cola that distracts significantly for me, because now every sip I think about it, and it annoys me more. This does leave again as it warms, but then it seems to tin out and be a little more simple. I must say the 11% is not tasted, but I do seem to feel warmer. Decent effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 Pours a dark red with a small but staing vanilly colored head. Aroma of grapes, lemon and oak tones. Flavor is tones of fruit, and wood with alcohol and hops dominant in the flavor. Warming and strong. Thanks to IMtheOptimater

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3680) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2003 bottle. This poured a pretty copper color out of the bottle with only a minimal off-white whispy head that left a lasting ring. Nice nose that reminded me of green caramel apples, cider and aquanet. Toffee sweetness and fruity flavors that leaned toward apple with some evergreen bitterness in the finish. I also got a noticable alcohol burn as it warmed up. Not enough of any of it to make an outstanding barley wine, but stll an okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Interesting barleywine. Zero head, treacly bubbles. Only a slight caramel, more like a brown ale but for the viscosity. Delicate candy floss aroma. Like a clowns breath. Hop presence is neutral. Very English. Smells like something ridiculously English. Maybe it’s the Maris Otter? Don’t know. No alcohol in the nose. Sherry does dominate. Alcohol not immediatley present due to the sweetness but then it peers over the intense wall of malt and looks you straight in the mouth. Honestly I like this. Tastes like a "session barleywine". Of course the alcohol would prove otherwsie. Slightly salty, mostly delicate. G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
10/2/04. On draft at GABF ’04 in Denver, CO 10/2/04. Pretty nice-looking, dark caramel-copper color but with almost no head at all. I shook this damn beer in my glass for like two minutes and could barely get anything on top. Nose has a brown sugary sweetness with some some fruity alcohol. Taste has way too much apparent alcohol for my liking, and althogh I'm curious about how it will mellow with some time, I'm not sure there's enough else going on here to make me stand up and take notice. Sort of a plain butterscotch and fruitcake taste, not typical flavors I go for in a barley wine. Palate is too hot, and the finish is very straightforward and surprisingly short. It's not horrible, but it's not really anything to get excited about. Give me more caramel and more malt richness to mask some of that alcohol, and then maybe I'll try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Burgundy. Soft, delicate aroma of sweet deep malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, sherry, raisins, plums, along with some slightly medicinal and hop fragrances. As a brewer I think it is much more difficult to brew an English style barley wine compared to an American Barley wine. That being said, as an English barley wine, I think this is brewed fantastically well. Fruity, deep and malty flavor. Chewy. Notes of raisins, sherry, brandy and caramel. Fairly sweet and one dimensional with a pretty thin body.

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